University Housing Requirements Policies
Students are required to live in University-approved housing (residence halls or Greek
chapter houses) for six semesters. Housing contracts are signed online in MyHousing
for the full academic year (both the Fall and Spring semesters).
Students must be at least 17 years old on the day they move in to reside in the residence
halls at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Charges for residence hall room and board plans are published by the Business Office
as a part of the Tuition and Fees schedule.
Students not planning to return to University housing for the Fall semester must complete
an online request prior to March 1. There is a $250 charge attached to student accounts
in the Business Office for room reservations canceled after May 1. Returning students
not pre-enrolled for classes by July 1 forfeit their room reservations on that date.
Students not planning to return to University housing for the Spring semester must
complete an online request prior to December 1. Exceptions for canceling housing after
one semester includes participation in an off-campus study/study abroad program and
inactivation from the University, including graduation or school transfers. Students
are NOT allowed to cancel the housing contract to move off-campus or into a Fraternity
or Sorority House mid-year.
Fall Incoming students (New Students): go to the Incoming Student Page for more information on housing applications, assignments, and deadlines.
Fall Returning students: go to the Current Students Page for more information on Housing Applications, Assignments, and Deadlines.
Appeals to Housing Charges
Students are able to appeal assessed housing charges for the following reasons:
- Charges were assessed in error
- Extreme circumstances warrant exemption from assessed charges
- Assessment of charges did not follow institutional process
- New information exists that would influence assessment of charge
Appeals must abide by the following conventions:
- Must be in writing
- Must be submitted within 60 days of the assessment
- Must cite the grounds (numbered above) upon which the appeal is based
- Must make explanation of the associated circumstances to fully inform the deliberation
of the Housing Appeals Committee.
The Housing Appeals Committee is drawn from the following individuals and groups:
the Business Office, Office of Residential Life Advisory Committee, Office of Residential
Life Professional Staff, Assistant Dean of Students, and Associate Dean of Students.
The Committee is co-convened by the Associate Director of Residential Life and the
Director of Student Involvement, who serve as non-voting members. Students will be
notified of the committee's decision within two weeks of the Housing Appeals Committee
meeting or by the end of the month in which the meeting takes place, whichever is
earlier. Students should decline payment of billed charges associated with an appeal
until a final decision is made.
Greek Chapter Houses
Upper-division students with social Greek affiliation and two semesters of residence
hall living are required to live in their fraternity or sorority chapter houses and
board in the fraternity or sorority house dining rooms, where available. Residential
fraternity and sorority chapters are grounded in the philosophy of living ideals the
daily practice of personal embodiment, in attitude and behavior, of the founding values
of the chapter, and the cyclical passing down of chapter foundations and ideals from
active members to new members by the act of living together over time as brothers
Fraternity and sorority chapters at IWU that choose a residential focus are expected
to self-manage the chapter and chapter members at a heightened level. Residential
expectations of such self-governance include ongoing recruitment of new members to
maintain chapter numbers appropriate to fill the housing space assigned. In cases
where chapters recruit beyond their ability to house members within the chapter house,
and the house fills to 100% capacity with members, the Office of Residential Life
will assist in providing residence hall housing for the remaining members, as space
Moving Off Campus
Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent, residential, liberal arts university.
Students who wish to apply for Off-Campus housing must meet one of the following guidelines:
- Live six semesters in University-approved housing: residence halls, Greek chapter
houses, or semesters abroad
- Over the age of 22
- Be primary guardian for a child
- Living locally with parents
- Extreme medical conditions (permission and documentation necessary through the Office
of Student Accessibility Services and ORL)
In any of these cases, permission must be obtained through the Office of Residential
Life (and/or Student Accessibility Services) by completing an online request form
in MyHousing and further documentation may be required for some claims. For students
requesting to commute/live locally with parents, this form also needs to be completed and returned to ORL.
Applications are available through the student's MyHousing Portal and approval will
be granted on an ongoing basis, beginning in December each year. Failure to complete
an off-campus request or renewal by the stated deadline will result in a $250 late
notification charge. For students who choose live off-campus, financial aid is usually
limited to tuition and fees.
|Rising Seniors who are eligible for off-campus housing (after 6 semesters of on-campus
|New First-Year students/New Transfer students
Housing is provided for part-time students only with the approval of the Office of
Residential Life. If a student needs to change from full-time status to part-time
status during a particular term, the student must receive approval from the Office
of Residential Life to continue living on campus.
The same policies and conditions affecting full-time students also govern a part-time
Residence Hall Activity Fee
Students living in residence halls pay a semesterly residence hall activity fee of
$15, as established by the Residence Hall Association and the Office of Residential
Life. This fee is billed directly to student accounts in the Business Office. The
residence hall activity monies are used to fund Hall Council and Residential Life
Staff programs throughout the year. These programs are designed to provide intentional
social and educational opportunities for students living in the residence halls.
Dining Plans & Changing Dining Plans
Dining Plans and Residential Requirements
All students who live in University residence halls are required to have a full dining
plan. Available plans are listed on the Dining Services website. Plan costs are determined by the Business Office and listed on the Tuition and Fees schedule. Meals are only active for the selected semester, and do not transfer to the next.
Allergies and Dining Exemptions
Students with uncommon severe food allergies or who practice specific religious preparation
(i.e. Kosher or Halal practices) may apply for a waiver from the meal plan. Documentation
is required to support request, and is available on our Medical Accommodations page. Vegetarian, vegan, and other health conscious practices can be supported through
the campus-dining program and are not eligible for a waiver.
Changing your Dining Plan
All dining plan changes must happen through the MyHousing Portal. If you need assistance
changing a meal plan, please view this quick YouTube video: How to change your Meal Plan.
Meal plan changes for the Fall Term typically begin in March and continues until one
week before classes start. Changes for the Spring Term begins in October and continues
through the end of the fall term, ending the last day of Fall semester finals. Full
details are listed in the MyHousing portal.
Once the open enrollment period has concluded, meal plan changes are no longer available
for the term. You must wait until the following term to make any change to your meal